"aOn my bednight after night I sought him 1Whom my soulloves; I 2sought him but did not find him.
'bI must arisenow and cgoabout the city; In the 3streets and in the squaresdI must seek him whom my soulloves.' I sought him but did not find him.
"4The watchmen who make the rounds in the cityfound me, And I said, 'Have you seen him whom my soulloves?'
"5Scarcely had I eleft them When I found him whom my soulloves; I 6held on to him and would not let him goUntil I had 7brought him to my mother'shouse, And into the room of her who conceived me."
"fI 8adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, By the 9gazellesor by the hinds of the field, That you will not arouse or awaken my loveUntilgshe pleases."
"hi10What is thiscoming up from the wilderness Like 11columns of smoke, Perfumed with 12myrrh and 13frankincense, With allscentedpowders of the merchant?
7"Behold, it is the traveling couch of Solomon; Sixtymightymenaround it, Of the mightymen of Israel.
8"All of them are wielders of the sword, 14Expert in war; Eachman has his 15sword at his side, Guarding against the j16terrors of the night.
9"KingSolomon has made for himself a sedanchair From the timber of Lebanon.
"He made its posts of silver, Its kback of gold And its seat of purplefabric, With its interiorlovinglyfitted out By the 17daughters of Jerusalem.
11"Goforth, O 18daughters of Zion, And gaze on KingSolomon with the lcrown With which his mother has crowned him On the 19day of his wedding, And on the day of his gladness of heart."